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MAIN’s Big Build

MAIN’s Big Build


You’ve seen DIY SOS, and now MAIN has a Big Build of its own. This is an urgent appeal to raise £205,000 so that MAIN can create a safe and inspiring space that it can call home. Before the end of 2021, MAIN will open the doors of the Finlay Cooper Centre – we need your help to make that happen.

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A legacy for MAIN, and for little Finlay Cooper

MAIN has a mission to help local people living with a range of disabilities by giving them the skills they need to live an independent life, while having fun and making friends.

Our current home is holding us back from our mission. We’re running out of space to offer our valuable services to all the people who need them. We’ve suffered six attempted break-ins which have damaged equipment. We also know that in our current location, we’re a bit out of the way and difficult for some people to get to. With more room, we could increase our impact from 400 visits per week to 700+ and offer more tailored spaces for the different groups we support. With a place to call our own, we could invest in our own legacy by adapting the space to offer the best facilities that our service users need and truly deserve.

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Colin Cooper from the Finlay Cooper Trust and Helen Jaques, MAIN’s Charity Manager at the new premises in North Ormesby.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Finlay Cooper Trust, we have purchased new premises in nearby North Ormesby. This will be a lasting legacy from the charity set up in the name of a little boy who died before he had a chance to achieve his dreams. With double the space, special security features and a prime location in the heart of the community, the Finlay Cooper Centre has the potential to be an amazing home for MAIN’s future. We need your help now to realise that potential.

How will the funds be used?

The premises we have purchased previously housed a health centre, which gives us a big space to make our home. We need to raise £205,000 to fund the refurbishment of the new building so that it has everything our users need to thrive. We need to do that before the end of 2021 so we can welcome users into their new space before the end of this year.

Bespoke rooms for different ability groups will allow us to offer more tailored support. A sensory garden and outdoor play area will help many of our users to experience the outdoors as they’ve never done before and to grow their own produce on the land. State-of-the-art equipment for our sessions will enable our users to develop and learn the skills they need to live independently. Specially adapted changing areas suitable for all ages will give our users a hygienic, comfortable place to get changed in dignity. Better security features will mean we can keep all our visitors safe and our legacy protected. Best of all, we can ensure there is always space at MAIN for someone who needs it.

We all benefit when we can enable others to participate socially, engage in our community and live a fulfilled, independent life. That’s something little Finlay Cooper could be proud to put his name to.

Donating on behalf of a business

For local businesses, we’re offering a fantastic opportunity to support MAIN and our community, while raising awareness about the products and services you offer. If you’re donating on behalf of a company, we would love to acknowledge your gift at the Finlay Cooper Centre and in our marketing.

We have a number of packages that you can support, and we’d be happy to chat about any bespoke ideas you have, too. If you can offer your time or materials to help with the renovation, we’d love to talk to you about that. We have a long list of materials we need, from plaster and paint to garden equipment and fencing, so if you or someone you know has some to give away, we’d love to hear from you.

Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch soon to discuss how we can partner with you.

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All donors will be invited to print their hand on the wall of the Finlay Cooper Centre.

Individuals – lend us a hand and we’ll print yours on the wall

Our Big Build appeal will need the whole community to rally round. If you can donate even a little of your time, your money or materials you have for our new home, we would be very grateful. To say thank you, we’ll be inviting everyone who’s made our dream come true to join us at the opening of the Finlay Cooper Centre and to print their helping hand on the wall.

We welcome any donation you’re able to make.

  • To pledge materials or time, please contact us
  • To donate money to the appeal, please visit our Donate page